The mission of the Michigan National Guard isThe U.S. Capitol stated that the food they were serving was “badly cooked, raw, moldy, and even full of metal shavings.” The letter stated that some guards had been hospitalized after eating food.
Fourteen members of Congress said in a letter to the chief of the Pentagon National Guard: “Obviously, these orders are under-prepared, usually inedible, and far from enough to support our soldiers.” “We work in Washington, D.C. It is totally unacceptable for men and women to be hospitalized for the food provided.”
The letter requested the National Guard to terminate the contract with the current food provider, or to find a new provider, or to provide daily allowances to the guards during the remaining time of the guards.
Michigan State Senator Gary Peters said in his letter that the guards are “feeding chickens, but still want to keep feathers and raw beef.” As a result, he said, 983 National Guards in the Capitol are still protected. Team members are often forced to buy food with their own money.
John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, said he was unaware of the reports when he was asked on Tuesday, but said the Pentagon aims to ensure that all guards receive “the support they deserve.” The National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In a Facebook Live broadcast on Tuesday night, Bill Huizenga, one of the signatories of the House letter, stated that he had been struggling to secure adequate food for the guards after concerned friends and family members called his office. He said there are problems with “freshness” and “mould and other organisms in food.” He also said that the guards were receiving undercooked food.
Republican Hui Zengjia said that he believes this problem has been resolved. But he said that in recent days, he has received reports of metal shavings in food (possibly from steel wool pads), as well as more unprocessed, undercooked and “inedible” foods.
He said: “This is unacceptable. This is totally unacceptable.”
According to WUSA9, a subsidiary of CBS, approximately one-fifth of the National Guard still working within the confines of the Capitol is from Michigan. Sources said that all National Guard troops will leave the Capitol before March 12.
This is not the first time a member of Congress has questioned the treatment of guards in the Capitol.In late January, the legislatorsAfter that, the guards were asked to leave the Capitol, but to rest in the parking lot during the shift. The guards were quickly allowed to return inside.
Eleanor Watson contributed the report.